When it comes to social network toolbars (iframes) that redirect urls by pointing to landing pages on social networks, rather than to the original sources, are we witnessing a new tip of the iceberg trend, or a throwback to the 1990’s?
The potential security issues with iframes are too numerous to count and that’s why at wordpress.com we cannot use them. Using iframes of websites became unpopular in the late 1990’s, when content thieves used them in conjunction with hosting ads over website content to generate extra income. While it’s true that many free proxy sites still practice this framing, I’m peeved off that Digg, Facebook and Blog Catalog are using them.
What’s more? The fact that I now have to click at least twice and in some cases three times, to get the real link is so annoying that I turn the dang things of. So unless or until someone penetrates my thick skull and convinces me that to having the urls to my blog posts redirected to social network landing pages benefits my blog and creates no security risks, I’m remain unimpressed.
Today I read an interesting post in Social News Watch that highlights the same annoyance I have been feeling Did Digg Just “Bait & Switch” Twitter Users?
“When Digg removed the internal Shout feature and integrated with Twitter and Facebook, users flocked to these sites as a way to spread their content. The Diggbar URL shortener attached to the these new share options allowed users to Tweet content they found on or submitted to Digg. Sending unauthenticated clicks to the landing page has forced many to abandon using Diggbar altogether.”
(1) Have you noticed this “shortening of urls” that directs the Google link juice back to Digg’s landing pages rather than to the original sources?
(2) What is your response to it?
- Are you still digging?
- If so, are you using the toolbar?
- Or are digging but not using the toolbar?
- Or have you given up on Digg?